With his current deal expiring next year, the 26-year-old Portuguese international looked set to depart from the English champions this summer after an inconsistent season lacking both form and fitness.
Nani has been linked with big-spending French sides Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks and reports emerged that United had ‘offered’ him to the Ligue 1 outfits after failing to agree a fee with Turkish side Galatasaray.
Nani looked in better condition in pre-season but with the arrival of Wilfried Zaha, new boss David Moyes could cut his losses now on Nani as I’m sure the club will be reluctant to lose him on a free transfer next year and lose a signing that cost £22 million in 2007.
It would appear that the stumbling block in the proposed deals to sell him on was United’s valuation of the player – Galatasaray abandoned their pursuit of him after United rejected a £6 million, as they were reportedly holding out for around £8.5 million.
He had previously been linked with Juventus and Arsenal but neither of those club’s have sustained a genuine interest in him and now it appears PSG are the most likely destination – given their Champions League status and their financial muscle to bring him in.
Reports this weekend claimed that the Parisiens have turned their attention to Nani after failing in their pursuit of Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria who would certainly cost more than £8.5 million, possibly more than double.
Nani’s recent comments, however, suggest he could be interested in staying at Old Trafford. He has been talking up the team’s work with David Moyes and looking towards the season with United, which would hint that he intends to stay – if he agreed to sign a new deal, would the club keep him?
At present Antonio Valencia and Wilfried Zaha can fill his position on the flanks along with Ashley Young and to a lesser extent Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck and even 39-year-old Ryan Giggs. Do United actually need Nani?
Between 2010 and 2012 he scored 20 goals for the club and notched up a high tally of assists but last term he made just 10 league appearances and scored just 2 league goals. Considering the options Moyes has in that position, it wouldn’t be of paramount importance for United to keep a player whose contract is imminently expiring and whose form and fitness have been causes for concern of late. If PSG, or anyone else, can match their valuation, I would suspect he’ll be offloaded.
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